Literal and Figurative Meaning for Biblical Hebrew Words. Figurative reflects the spiritual, much more important.

Key 4. Literal and Figurative meanings for Biblical Hebrew words. Figurative reflects the spiritual, much more important.

The deeper meaning of the figurative

Some take the author of Genesis 1 for a nutcase. Why, because they don’t think the author was intelligent enough to know that you cannot have light without the sun. They think this dumb author simply wrote an error that has survived 3500 so we can see the worthlessness of this narrative and book. Of course, I’m talking tongue in cheek (there’s a statement with figurative meaning). Practically no one even asks the question. Is there a figurative meaning to this seeming inversion of the facts?

Figurative meaning in Genesis 1

With the help of our Bible study tools at, let’s quickly find numerous examples of words with literal-figurative meaning. Words we read over in English not realizing the importance of this fourth key to master Biblical Hebrew and Unlock Bible Meaning.

  • KJV: vain, vanity
  • Isaiah 45:18 For thus says the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he has established it, he created not in vain, H8414 he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
  • In Gen. 1:2 the earth is WITHOUT form. In Isa., God says He creates Earth WITH form, (not in vain). Remember what God creates, in the beginning, is excellent (Rosh = excellent (Key 3)). I hope you know what transformed God’s excellent creation into chaos and why.
  • Vanity: Isa. 40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. H8414
  • Isa. 40:20, That bring the princes to nothing; he makes the judges of the earth as vanity. H8414
  • Isa. 41:29, Behold, they are all vanity; H205 their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion. H8414
  • Isa. 44:9, They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; H8414
  • 1:5 night > adversity
  • 1:6 water > urine, semen
  • 1:11 seed > fruit, posterity
  • 1:14 sign > miracle. 16 stars > prince, 27 image > illusion, idol, vain show
  • I leave you to study these.



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Sam Kneller

Sam Kneller


Biblical Hebrew is my passion, the basis of my writing. I ministered & reside in Paris, FR. My books reveal the Bible is a 21st C. handbook.